Members of the ECP have been nominated by the Senate (Board and Preparatory Committee).

  1. Each ECP Member is an important person in the cultural life of his/her
    country. He/she is also interested in discussing/debating and contributing
    with ideas, initiatives and projects for “Europe” in a broad sense, in the
    spirit of the ECP basic premise that ethical and aesthetic values
    are the essence of Europe.
  2. Each Member is particpating in his/her own individual capacity. Nobody represents
    any organisation/institution.
  3. To be an ECP-member is a recognition of excellence, an honour
    compared to the membership of a prominent Academy.
    You may refer to your membership in your CV and as a reference.
  4. The core of members was a group of about 40 persons convening
    at the first ECP session in Bruges 2002. This group had been
    nominated by the founding fathers/mothers of the ECP at
    meetings in Mainau 2000 and in Strasbourg (Council of Europe) 2001.
    The group of members has increased to some 170 persons (from 42 countries) today,
    through three nomination channels:

    1. An ECP-member may nominate a new member (according to the criteria above)
      from another country than his/her own,
    2. Each host city may nominate 3-5 new members from its own region,
    3. Senators may nominate new members.
  5. Members who have not been attending any of the last three sessions may
    be deleted from the list of members.
  6. ECP Members are expected to participate in the annual session of the
    ECP. Those who are particularly active may also wish to join the work of one
    of the ECP Think Tanks/research groups, which are established ad hoc year by year
    in order to deepen the discussion on various crucial themes.
  7. ECP Members are also encouraged to establish new networks with other ECP
    colleagues or to initiate new projects. Some projects may be considered for
    ECP patronage (using ECP logo – but no financial contribution)
  8. Each ECP Member is expected to be “an ambassador of the ECP”
    in his/her own country and to spread ECP messages to media, society and
    politicians, messages like the Strategic Role of Culture in Europe.
  9. The ECP sometimes receives invitations to conferences around
    Europe. For financial reasons it is often practical if a local ECP Member
    can represent the Cultural Parliament on such occassions, whenever
  10. The ECP Senate consists of senior Europeans, mainly ex-ministers
    of culture, presidents of foundations, etc. Most of these persons
    were also active in the founding of the ECP in 2001.
  11. The legal and financial status of the ECP is a German NGO
    (“Gemeinnütziger Verein”), based in Stuttgart. The ECP is
    of course politically independent.

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